15 Bull Elk Bugling in Your Face

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap

See Some Monster Bulls in Action

Showing Off for the Ladies

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1 | Showing Off for the Ladies

This is the first image that pops into my mind when I think of elk hunting. A giant bull elk bugles its head off during the middle of the rut. Cow elk are all around it and satellite bulls are badgering the herd bull left and right, jockeying for position as they try to steal away a cow of their own. That's what I imagine happening around this scene.

Photo credit: Shutterstock/Ghost Bear

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Big Bull in the Meadow

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2 | Big Bull in the Meadow

You have to love the sight of a giant bull bugling in the meadow. Classic elk hunting? This is it. This photo sets the stage for a lot of daydreaming between now and fall.

Photo credit: Shutterstock/B. Norris

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Two Bulls in a River

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3 | Two Bulls in a River

These two bulls wade out into the river on a hot day. The bull on the right lets its vocal chords rip and launches a bugle for all the elk around it to hear. But it looks like the elk in the rear is the larger of the two. Which would you shoot?

Photo credit: Shutterstock/Bildagent

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In the Middle of Fall

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4 | In the Middle of Fall

The leaves are starting to change and this big bull elk is announcing its presence. Fall has arrived and so has the rut. This big bull sure looks ready for both.

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Bull by the River Side

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5 | Bull by the River Side

This bull has some age to it. Look at that big pot belly and Roman nose. Not to mention the massive antlers. This bull has been through a lot and seen a few things in its life. Tagging one like this would be a serious feat.

Photo credit: Shutterstock/Ghost Bear

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A Frosty Morning

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6 | A Frosty Morning

This big bull belts out a bugle on a cold, frosty morning. Its breath rises as would the adrenaline levels of any hunter lucky enough to witness this sight in person.

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A Long-Tined Tank

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7 | A Long-Tined Tank

This big bull is doing its thing during the peak of the rut. It screams its presence to all of the cows and bulls that will hear it.

Photo credit: John Hafner

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Into the Timber

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8 | Into the Timber

Ever had a big bull slip up on you through heavy cover and then bugle right under your nose? This bull looks like it might have done just that prior to this photo being taken.

Photo credit: Shutterstock/Nathan Saddles

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An Early Season Sight

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9 | An Early Season Sight

Flowers and weeds are blooming. Leaves are barely starting to change. It’s early season, y’all. And this nice bull is starting to feel the coming rut. Only a few more months before you can witness this scene in person.

Photo credit: Shutterstock/Collins93

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Saluting the Sunrise

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10 | Saluting the Sunrise

It’s obvious this bull was feeling its oats on that cool, frosty morning. The sunbeams bouncing off the bull’s body and rack reveal mounds of dirt clinging to some of the antler points. It’d obviously been raking the ground in a fury of rage and testosterone.

Photo credit: Shutterstock/Wolf Pack Photography

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A Northeastern Bull Elk

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11 | A Northeastern Bull Elk

This nice bull was photographed in the Elk State Forest in Elk County, Pennsylvania. Elk restoration in the eastern United States has been a pretty good success in several states including Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Tennessee and more.

Photo credit: Shutterstock/Paul Staniszewski

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Another Northeastern Stud

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12 | Another Northeastern Stud

This bull also was photographed in the Elk State Forest in Elk County, Pennsylvania. Can you imagine this big bull bugling right in your face at 20 yards? What a rush.

Photo credit: Shutterstock/Paul Staniszewski

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Sounding the Alarm

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13 | Sounding the Alarm

This bull obviously had visited a wallow just prior to the taking of this photo. The mud caked on its belly, neck and antlers tell the tale. Now, ready to go, it looks up the mountain and belts out a screaming bugle. Any challengers?

Photo credit: Tim Irwin

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To the Mountains

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14 | To the Mountains

This is what I envision in my head when it comes to elk hunting. A hazy morning mist. Mountains on the horizon.  A big bull bugling on the prairie. Yeah, that’s what I envision.

Photo credit: Shutterstock/Dan Luchs

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Confronting the Intruder

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15 | Confronting the Intruder

This stud of a bull has its harem of cows and it’s telling all of the bulls in the area to come challenge it if they dare. From the looks of all the ladies around it, this guy has got it made. What do you say?

Photo credit: Shutterstock/Dan Luchs

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Elk are one of the most majestic animals in North America. As a die-hard deer hunter, I’d say they’re second only to the whitetail in that regard. However, there’s just something about a big bull elk screaming for all those around to hear it.

Right now, we’re nearing the end of winter. Some are already experiencing warmer weather, while others are still buried deep in snow. Regardless, we’re still almost as far away from elk season as we possible could be right now. That means there is still a lot of waiting left to do. Hopefully viewing this gallery will help make it a little easier for you. Or, if you’re like me, it could even make you long for September that much more. As I'm planning to hunt these awesome animals for the first time this year.

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